Richard Thomas ‘Dick’ Smedley |

Richard Thomas ‘Dick’ Smedley

A celebration of life will take place June 30 at Paradise Park for Richard Thomas “Dick” Smedley. He passed away of congestive heart failure May 31, 2007, at Barton Memorial Hospital.

Dick was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Springfield, Ohio, and was a 16-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. He attended American River College in Sacramento and was to have graduated June 22 from Lake Tahoe Community College. He will be honored with an AA degree, posthumously, during the LTCC graduation ceremony. Dick joined the U.S. Army as a teenager and spent four years in the service. He was stationed in London, England for two of those years.

After moving to South Lake Tahoe, Dick became fast friends with Nat and Bonita Sinclair. He served as director of Christmas Cheer, where he volunteered during his time in Tahoe. He played Santa Claus for Christmas Cheer for several years. He was a volunteer driver at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, shuttling people to doctor appointments and shopping trips. He was also a driver for Sierra Recovery Center, taking clients to meetings and special events. Dick’s face was well known about town. He was always willing to lend a hand. He provided shelter and a listening ear to a person in need because he thought that everyone deserved a second or third chance. Dick was loved by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his sister, Lurena June Nasca of Sacramento; aunts, Alberta Sasson and Nellie Smedley, both of Springfield; niece and her husband, Luwana and Scott Harbarger of Orangevale, Calif.; great-niece, Rachael Conley; and great-great-nephew, Larry Richard Chacon. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Francis “Curly” and Lurena Fay Smedley; and brother, Larry Smedley.

Friends, family and the community are invited to celebrate the life of Richard T. “Dick” Smedley from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at Tahoe Paradise Park. Bring a blanket and a side dish. A barbecue will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite memories of Dick to share. For questions call CindyLu at (530) 544-5876.

Because Dick was involved with many charities throughout the community, donations may be made to CindyLu Robinson, for the benefit of Richard Smedley, at Bank of the West, 2161 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Funds will be disbursed to the various charities.